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And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

—1 Timothy 3:16

Jesus came in the flesh as a man and became the visible expression of His invisible Father.

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature; For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.

—Colossians 1:15, 19

When people saw Jesus, they saw the Father. Jesus was the light of the world. His life was the very manifestation of the light that everyone was looking for.

In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.

—John 1:4

The light that shone forth from Him came from the life that was in Him. Jesus and His Father were one. Jesus was the vessel that manifested the light of His Father that was in Him.

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten son, which is in the bosom of the Father, hath declared [revealed Him, brought Him out in the open where He could be seen] him.

—John 1:18 (Brackets with Strong’s definition of declared mine)

Jesus took ownership of who He was. He taught and ministered with confidence and authority because He knew who He was, and He knew what He had been called to do.

Jesus and His Father were one. He handled every situation that He encountered exactly the way His Father would have handled it because He did nothing of Himself.

Then answered Jesus and said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son and showeth him all things that himself doeth: and he will show him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

—John 5:19-20

He had mercy and compassion on people because He loved them with His Father’s love. He walked in His inheritance. He was the perfect manifestation of His Father.

When He said, Peace be still, the wind stopped. When He said, Lazarus come forth, Lazarus was raised from the dead. When He said, Rise up and walk, the lame man walked. The people who witnessed these acts were amazed that God had given such power to someone who appeared to be just a man.

Satan challenged His right to be called the Son of God.

And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

—Matthew 4:3

The Pharisees called it blasphemy when Jesus said that He and the Father were one.

I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

—John 10:30-31

The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

—John 10:33

Jesus was secure in who He was. He never yielded to the challenges.

For in Him the whole fullness of Diety (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].

—Colossians 2:9 (AMPC)

Jesus never saw Himself separated from His Father because He was secure in the relationship that He had with Him.

And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.

—John 8:29

Jesus exchanged His life for ours, and that exchange gave us the right to walk in the same position with the Father as Jesus did with the same authority that He had.

As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

—John 17:18

The same enemies that came against Jesus come against us because we are the ones that bear the light and the image of the invisible God in this world.

Satan challenges our right to be called a son of God. Religion tells us that men have no right to say that they are one with God. And Jesus tells us that we will be persecuted for the position that we hold with the Father—just like He was. It is our sonship that is being called into question because that is the foundational block that the kingdom of God is built upon.

Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me [called Jesus into question], they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake [the position of sonship that you share with Jesus] because they know not him that sent me.

—John 15:20-21 (brackets mine)

We are sons of God who were created in the image of God. God manifests Himself through our flesh, just as He manifested Himself through Jesus when He came to the Earth as a man.

And you are in Him made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the godhead—Father, son and Holy Spirit and reach full spiritual stature].

—Colossians 2:10 (AMPC)

We are the light of the world, but beware! There is a thief who wants to steal our light.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

—Matthew 5:13-16

God multiplies Himself through our flesh and blood, and this is the very reason the enemy wages war against us by saying, Who do you think you are that you could possibly be one with God? If we don’t know what it means to be a son of God, if we don’t know who we are, then how can we possibly display God as He is? What the whole world thinks of Him depends on us, and the enemy knows that!

Don’t become a victim of identity theft! We are sons of the Most High God who have been chosen to fill the Earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. We are the light of the world. We have an enemy who knows what we have. If he can steal our God-given identity, our right to say that we are one with the Father, he knows that it will affect how the whole world sees God.

Chapter 1

ARE WE REALLY GIVING GOD the glory due his name? A few years ago, during an Easter Sunday service in San Jose, Costa Rica, this thought flashed across my mind during the worship service; are we really giving God the glory due his name?

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.

—Psalms 96:8

We have no problem recognizing that the Father and the Son deserve our praise and honor, and we are free to give it. But at the same time, we fail to see the value of the position that we hold with God based on what the Son did for us. We give God praise, and with our same tongue, we curse ourselves and mankind in general. James says that this should not be so.

But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

—James 3:8-10

If we fail to see that we are full of the same honor and glory that the Son is full of, then we have missed the point of everything that Jesus came to do.

Jesus was our offering. He exchanged His life for ours so that we could come into His courts and assume our God-given position and inheritance as the sons of God.

I heard the Holy Spirit say, Do you know who you are? Do you know what you have been called to do?

In Isaiah 29:13, we can see that the religious people of their day had the same problem we have.

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.

—Isaiah 29:13

They loved God, and they were saying all of the right things, but somehow, there was a distance between them and God. What they proclaimed with their mouths was not really in their hearts. How many of us have praised God and honored Him with our mouths, but somehow there is a huge gulf between us and God?

Isaiah was faced with the same issue. He found himself standing before the throne of God, and he got a glimpse of God’s grandeur. He saw angels standing around the throne, praising God, saying, Holy, holy, holy, the whole Earth is filled with his glory. This caused an immediate response from Isaiah. Who am I in the presence of God?

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the lord of hosts.

—Isaiah 6:5

Every one of us has had that same kind of thought at one time or another. When we get a vision of the greatness of God, and we begin to compare ourselves to God, a huge distance seems to open up between us and God. Who am I that could possibly be anything in the sight of God? We seem to maintain that very attitude as we go throughout our Christian lives. We see God, but we never seem to feel connected to Him.

Why is this? I started thinking about the biblical principles that define Christianity. According to Hebrews, the Old Covenant is faulty because even though its followers were constantly repenting of their sins and making sacrifices, those sacrifices were unable to purge their conscience of sin.

The New Covenant was established upon better promises. It says that by sacrificing Himself, Jesus accomplished everything that the Old Covenant sacrifices were unable to.

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

—Hebrews 9:14

Jesus took care of the sin issue that keeps us feeling disqualified and separated from God.

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified…. And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more, Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

—Hebrews 10:14, 17-18

Why is it that Christians are engaged in a constant battle with their sins when the Word says that they have been perfected forever? And why are we so sin-conscious, when the Word says that